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And now, another exciting episode in the
Adventures of Superman...

Saturday August 18, 1951 was the twelfth day of filming the second set of episodes which included “The Mind Machine,” “No Holds Barred,” “The Birthday Letter,” “The Stolen Costume,” and “Mystery In Wax.”

Supporting Players:
John Hamilton
Steve Carr (Hadley)
Harry Hayden (Carl Wagoner)
Isa Ashdown (Kathy Williams)
Jack Daly (Mr. Perkins)
Dan Seymour (Ace)
Veda Ann Borg (Connie)

As this day was devoted to tying up loose ends and filming the process shots on several of the episodes, a virtual parade of actors came through the studio gate that morning.

Jack Daly, as Mr. Perkins, finally reacted to the murder of Cusak in the tobacco store and then went to the Daily Planet with his story... after he read about the reward. This was Daly's only day of work, and he made the most of it with his many facial gyrations.

John Hamilton and Harry Hayden are on the cast sheet for today, but I can't figure out why Hayden might have been needed. No other actors from that episode (save Carr) were asked to report, and I don't see where Hayden appears alone. I looked for little differences that might give us a clue, but was able to note only Hayden's change in handkerchief between leaving the hearing room and walking down the street. Maybe the latter was filmed on Saturday for some reason. Nor can we know what John Hamilton did that day. One possibility might be the scene in Perry White's office when they get the call from the cab company.

Next came the process work which undoubtedly took considerable time. First was Kent and Hadley in the cockpit of the plane, and then George got into the uniform to deliver his warning to Connie and Ace atop the mountain. Finally it was time for Kathy Williams to get her Metropolis fly-over and to give our hero his only onscreen kiss of the series.

The shot of the double holding up the plane was most likely done on this Saturday too but I've often wondered why the director felt that shot was necessary when immediately after that we see a shot of Reeves doing almost the same thing. I found it interesting too that the shot of Superman leaving the plane was a process shot. With less effort that could easily have been set up with a plain background, but it was a nice touch.

Next: Work on a third set of episodes begins on
Monday, August 20, 1951

While we wait, let’s enjoy a
Lois Lane and Perry White Moment

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